Approximately 5 million to 7 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. These are national estimates; the percentage of euthanasia may vary from state to state.
There are shelters in the majority of cities and counties across the nation to take in these unwanted animals. Unfortunately, shelters everywhere are struggling to keep their doors open. Intake is on the rise and donations are on the decline due to families everywhere losing their jobs.
In Jackson, Tennessee, there is no specific animal shelter. All dogs are dropped off at the Jackson Rabies Control Center (JRC). The center itself is mainly responsible for enforcing the Tennessee anti-rabies laws and coordination of animal rabies vaccination clinics throughout Madison County.
Unfortunately, due to the high number of dogs coming in everyday and limited space, the dogs will be euthanized if not claimed in 3–5 days. Jackson Rabies Control is dependent on local rescues to help pull dogs from the facility and rehome them. Each dog that is pulled from the facility can cost a rescue between $200.00 and $500.00 in vetting expenses. If no immediate foster or adopter is available, then the dog needs to stay in boarding which can cost up to $20.00 a night.
With rescues getting involved, there is an 85% adoption rate for these unwanted animals and betters their chances of survivals.
Chiara Smith McCool, a lifelong animal lover and advocate, wants desperately to save the JRC dogs from being euthanized and get them into a safe haven. This has prompted her to create a fund raiser on the Go Fund Me website to raise money to give to the rescues. This will help them offset the costs when pulling dogs from JRC.
According to Chiara, “Many times when a rescue group is able to get them out, many expenses are involved (i.e., vetting, boarding etc.) And the cost is so high that sometimes a dog can’t be saved because not enough funds are available. These dogs at JRC only have 3 to 5 days and then they are put down by heart stick.”
So far donations have been coming in regularly on the website but there is still a long way to go toward the $30,000.00 goal. The main goal is to have an account of readily available cash so no dog will be turned away.
Please help make it possible for the JRC dogs to have a second chance at life. Each dog that comes in is lonely, scared and goes to sleep each night wondering why their family abandoned them and if they will live another day.
Through the fundraiser, Chiara is giving them a second chance at living a happy, loving life, not dying among strangers in a cold, cramped cage.
All donations (no donation is too small) will go toward the expenses needed to give the JRC dogs on death row a chance to a good life!
Let’s be there for them! Let’s all get together and help!
Visit the Go Fund Me website at: http://www.gofundme.com/deathrowdogfund#
For donations via Paypal use email account: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated” – Mahatma Gandhi
About the Author
Denise Carey-Costa has been a lifelong advocate for animals. She has written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures and raising awareness for the plight of unwanted animals. Denise tours with her books to schools and libraries teaching the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, adopting a shelter pet and how to report animal cruelty. Visit Amazon.com and all other book retailers to see books written by Denise Carey-Costa.